Now in its 10th year of operation, the Great American Outdoor Show (GAOS) is back at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. So whether you’re a gun collector, dyed-in-the-wool hunter or just an enthusiast looking for a fun family getaway, NRA and Harrisburg, Pa., have you covered February 3-11.
NRA Second Vice President David Coy (above, center) ready to initiate the nine-day celebration of American freedoms and the great outdoors.
The old, industrious city along the great and mighty Susquehanna River is teeming with excitement for all ages. Aside from being the state’s capital, Harrisburg has a lot to offer tourists. And with the NRA in town for the week, the excitement is sure leave a lasting impression. I know it has for me.
Front and center of the firearms hall, your NRA. Be sure to stop by and check out the Hollywood guns on display, guns such as the Colt Model 1859 used by Clint Eastwood in "The Outlaw Josey Wales."
The nine-day show is a diverse and all-encompassing gathering of like minds, a show that is steeped in American heritage, the great outdoors and all that surrounds it. From its glowing support of the 2nd Amendment industry to lifestyle goods and gear for hunters, fishermen, hikers, campers, boaters and more, GAOS will leave a lasting impression and hopefully be bringing you back to join us next year.
Don’t miss President Donald J. Trump speaking at the NRA Presidential Forum Friday, Feb. 9th in the Large Arena starting at 6:00 p.m. EST.
The Great American Outdoor Show has a special place in my heart. Going back to the early 2000s when I first ventured onto the ice-laden roads to Harrisburg, Pa., well before our NRA took the reins 10 years ago, I looked forward to that yearly show. But back then, though, guns weren’t on display like they are today. Fortunately, now, we can handle some of the industry’s latest offerings; guns that were recently unveiled at SHOT Show, like the latest Colt Python and Smith & Wesson’s hot new Model 1895 lever-action rifle. You can move booth to booth, checking out new Savages, Marlins, H&Ks, Mossbergs and many more.
Quieter areas within the firearm hall can also be found showcasing the latest suppressors, optics, tactical gear and ammo. There’s lots to see, and that’s why I’ve always made it a multi-day trip. The PA Farm Show Complex size and layout can be dizzying, too, so it’s important to get yourself a map and acquainted with what to expect. I prefer downloading the 2024 Great American Outdoor Show mobile app. It is interactive and a must-have tool with instant access to seminar schedules, event lists and more.
With a sprawling 650,000 sq.-ft. of event space, it’s hard not to delve into the many clothing products, fishing products, outfitters, boats, archery gear, food vendors and more. The halls are packed with something for everyone. There’s even an indoor archery shoot. All these details can be found at GreatAmericanOutdoorShow.org.
Between the mobile app and the website, you’ll have access to great deals on hotel accommodations schedules and more. If you’d rather fly by the seat of your pants, that’s fine, too. Just be sure to bring a good pair of shoes and hefty bag for all the goodies you’ll be leaving with. We hope to see you there!